June 3rd, 2021
If you are currently experiencing a bout of insomnia, it’s almost inevitable to feel some level of anxiety as evening approaches. Typical or not, anxiety is one of the things that makes it difficult to fall asleep! That said, it’s critical to learn some anxiety management tools so it doesn’t contribute to an already difficult situation.
One thing to try is to challenge catastrophic thoughts. Those are the kind of black and white thoughts that always predict the worst possible outcome. For example, If I fail my final exams, I’ll never get into college and then I’ll be a failure! Or as it may relate to insomnia, If I don’t get some sleep tonight, I’ll go crazy. If you’ve already had many sleepless nights and have not “gone crazy”, it’s very unlikely that you will suddenly become clinically insane. It’s important to consider the exact opposite of such a catastrophic thought and adopt it if you can. For example, If I don’t get some sleep tonight, it might make tomorrow difficult but it’s nothing I haven’t handled in the past and I’ll be able to handle it tomorrow. See the difference? One statement creates anxiety and one relieves it. Bottom line: lighten up! Try to offer yourself some reassuring thoughts and include some pleasant ones as well, such as an upcoming vacation or an exciting new purchase that you may be considering. Nothing obliterates anxiety like happiness!
There are a lot of anxiety management tools out there that are easy to find on the world wide web! I’ll try to include more here in the weeks to come. Check back from time to time and see what new exercises you can try to get your anxiety under control so you can fall asleep easier and sleep better! Good luck!